Found April 21, 2012 on The Sports Bank:
Look at the top of the NBA’s Eastern Conference standings as this lockout-shortened regular season draws to a close. The top two teams look familiar — the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat. The third-place team in the East? It isn’t the Boston Celtics. It isn’t the Orlando Magic. It’s the Indiana Pacers. The long-suffering franchise has climbed to a 41-22 record, winning 11 of their 12 games in April — best in the NBA this month. We all knew the Pacers could have a strong 2011-12 campaign on the heels of their competitive playoff series with the Chicago Bulls last season, but how exactly did they get this good? Danny Granger’s improvement. The one-time All-Star didn’t have a strong start to this campaign, shooting well below 50 percent, breaking up the offensive flow by jacking up his own shots, and leading many to wonder whether he really was buying into what Frank Vogel, now the team’s full-time head coach, was selling. Granger’s play down the stretch, however, certainly would su...

Mike Dunleavy: Feud with Tyler Hansbrough Led to Hard Fouls Thursday Night?

  It’s no secret that teams often, if not always, have certain players that probably wouldn’t associate with each other if not for being placed on the same roster. Apparently former Pacer and current Buck forward Mike Dunleavy and current Pacer forward Tyler Hansbrough are among that group. After the Buck’s 118-109 loss to the Pacers on Thursday night, Dunleavy didn’t exactly...

Sixers end Pacers winning streak at 7

I expected the Pacers to lose this one, only because they were due for a letdown after resting yesterday and having secured homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. And of course, the 76ers were out for revenge after losing to Indy in Philly just a few nights ago and desperate to get back into form before the playoffs. So yes, the loss was expected -- after all, the...

Larry Sanders tries to fight three Pacers

There was a fracas last night near the end of the game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers. Larry Sanders of the Bucks got called for a foul and tried to go after the Pacers' George Hill, Danny Granger, and David West.Sanders was held back by his teammates but he broke loose and tried to go after the Pacers' players again before he is finally sent back to the locker...

76ers 109, Pacers 106, OT

Elton Brand scored 20 points and Lou Williams added 19 to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Pacers 109-106 in overtime Saturday night, stopping Indiana's winning streak at seven games. Jrue Holiday scored 17 points and Andre Iguodala added 16 for the 76ers, who inched closer to clinching a playoff berth. The 76ers left the game needing just a win or a loss by Milwaukee to...

76ers-Pacers Preview

The surging Indiana Pacers have locked up the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The inconsistent Philadelphia 76ers could finally wrap up the East's last available playoff spot Saturday night. Indiana looks to extend its longest winning streak in eight seasons to eight as the visiting 76ers try to win two straight for just the second time in six weeks. Winners...

Pistons-Pacers Preview

Having clinched the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers are free to focus on regaining their momentum for the playoffs. They'll try to do that by adding to a lengthy home win streak over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. After suffering a close defeat a day earlier, Indiana (41-23) officially wrapped third place in the East with Atlanta's loss to...

Pacers F: 'We take it a little personal'

Danny Granger addressed the lack of attention the team -- which is currently the third seed in the East -- receives from the national media.

Bucks playoff hopes take hit with loss

Danny Granger scored 29 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-109 on Thursday night and clinch homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. George Hill had 22 points and eight assists and David West added 21 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Pacers, who won their seventh straight and 11th of 12. The Pacers have now scored at least...
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